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This is the first time I am teaching 2nd grade. I have taught 4th and 5th grades for the last 20 years. I have had to go through an adaptation process, but everything is working okay now. Students and I have learned to work with each other very well. Three weeks ago a new student joined my classroom. He and his family moved to the US from Japan. Since he arrived, he has been crying. He does not speak any English, and there is no one at my school who speaks Japanese. Both of his parents have full time jobs, so they cannot come to school every time I call them. What I found out from the parents is that he cries because he misses his friends in Japan. I think the issue is bigger than that. I have not found a way to help him yet. Why do you think he cries every day? What can I do to stop the crying because the other students in my class get distracted when starts crying?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
Moving to a new school is very hard. Moving to a new school where no one knows your language is even harder. The student probably does feel very lonely and he also probably misses his friends and family. I would set up time during the day to allow students to have a free time where they could play with the student to make him feel welcome. I would include games or activities that could be easy to pick up on without speech so that he can become more comfortable. Meanwhile I would try to do what others have suggested and integrate some Japanese words around the classroom to not only make my student feel comfortable, but also to teach my other students words in a new language.
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
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The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
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Comments: I would also integrate some of his language around the room in order to make this student feel more at home. Your idea of setting a time of day where the students can actually interact is an awesome idea. Making social connections would work well for this student considering he misses his close set of friends he had.
Rated On: June 3, 2015 6:21 pm
Rated By: TyhyMa